Miller state champion
Franklin County Technical School may not have qualified as a team for the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association State Division III Golf Championships, but that didn’t stop Eagle golfer Troy Miller from putting on a show.
The senior fired a one-under-par 71 and finished as the individual medalist Monday at Red Tail Golf Club in Devens.
Playing in a field of 176, Miller won his third individual medal in three postseason meets, finishing two shots ahead of the runner-up. Miller also won the PVIAC Invitational and the State Vocational Tournament in October. Couple that with the fact that Eagles’ teammate Cody Booska won the WMass Division III Championships, and the Eagles swept all four postseason meets this season, easily the first time that any school has accomplished anywhere near that feat, but something that Miller said he predicted prior to the season.
“Before the year, I was talking to (teammate Cody Booska) and I said to him, ‘We are going to win all four of these tournaments,’ and we did it,” Miller said Monday night.
Miller had a solid start to his day, playing three-under over the first nine holes. He stumbled a little bit in the middle, however, something he attributed to getting too excited.
“I was up and down all day but was three-under after the first nine holes and I was probably a little too pumped up,” he said. “I lost it a little from the nerves and it was cold, so I really had to concentrate.”
Miller recovered nicely and even got out of trouble on the par 5, 18th hole when he left a shot a bit short and landed in a bunker. The senior said he hit a good shot out of the bunker and holed out to save par and become the tourney’s only player to shoot par or better.
“He played a really good all-around round,” Franklin Tech coach Paul Doran said of Miller. “That is not an easy course at all.”
The cold temperatures and breeze were also a factor, according to Miller.
“Distance-wise, it was hard to judge iron shots a little because it was probably playing about five to 10 yards shorter.”
With the victory Miller qualified for the New England Tournament, which takes place in New Hampshire in June. Only the top three players in the tournament qualified for the match.
Miller was joined at the Division III State Championships by Booska who shot a 79 and placed 13th overall.